My Peaceful Place

Living in a big city like London can be really hectic and noisy a lot of the time, so for me – a quiet country girl at heart – it’s been necessary to find somewhere peaceful close to home to soothe my soul and recharge my batteries. My everyday peaceful place is only a couple of minutes from our small first floor flat in East London – along the Leytonstone edge of Wanstead Flats. I can actually see part of it beckoning me from the living room window – I just come out of the front door, turn right, walk a couple of hundred yards down the street and there it is, dusty dirt path drawing me in straight from the street, open and airy and informally very non-city-like. I walk here often, all year round, wandering and pondering, chasing away the cobwebs and setting the world to rights… this was my view of Wanstead Flats this afternoon, a wide expanse of blue sky and deep layers of clouds pillowed over the earthy greens of grass and foliage… and after my relaxing walk I returned home calm and collected, nurtured by nature… 🙂

Weekly Prompt: Peaceful

Colour Studies of Stillness

I know fairgrounds are traditionally all about whirling movement and laughing people and loud music and flashing lights, but these bright colour studies of stillness and emptiness filled my lens this afternoon – I may take a walk over later tonight to take some action shots in the dark, but for now I’ve been enjoying the peace and quiet of these almost meditative machines as they ready themselves for the hard day’s work ahead 🙂

Easter travelling fair, Wanstead Flats, Leytonstone, East London

Unusual Perspective

Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week asks us to take a photo with a different perspective than usual.

Last summer we had a (thankfully well-contained) wildfire on our local green space here, Wanstead Flats in East London. A while afterwards I went for a walk there and took some experimental shots (in colour) of some of the blackened and burned tree trunks lying around – several large old trees had previously been cut down and the charcoal-edged logs still sat exactly where they had been sitting before the fire. The resulting photographs seemed quite disappointing, just dull and dark and boring, so sadly I’d done nothing with them.

But for this particular challenge I had the idea of resurrecting and inverting some of these shots (changing them from positive to negative) and then greyscaling the resulting abstract images – and here they are! Definitely (for me) an unusual perspective of boring old blackened and burned logs 🙂

Which Way After the Wildfire

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Although we live in Leytonstone in East London, we have a much appreciated area of open greeen space accessible only a few minutes walk from our home.

Wanstead Flats sit on the Southermost edge of the ancient Epping Forest, and provides for local residents a welcome sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of everyday city living. I usually walk there a lot, but sadly during the recent heatwave we had a wildfire that quickly spread through the tinder dry grasses, scrub and trees, causing a large area to be burned before the fire was brought under control.

A couple of weeks later once the heatwave had broken, the threat of further fire had passed, and the area was no longer cordoned off by the emergency serices I went for a long walk along my usual pathways and took these images with my phone camera. I love the way the hard compressed ground of the well-worn pathways have remained so visible across the charred earth, and how resilient nature proves itself to be.

Cee’s Which Way